Rugby League News Part 2 1946 - 1973

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Rugby League News

Part 2 1946 - 1973

Rugby League News continued after the war with a new format with major up grades in 1950 & 1962, summer issues were introduced in 1953 and continued until 1973 when Big League took over as the NSWRL programme.

 

Rugby League News 1946 - 1973

1946 Vol.27 No.s 1 to 25
The post war period begins with a new logo and return to full size format of 16 pages without the card cover of the pre war years. Front page has the logo at the top with an ad  for the Sun newspaper filling the rest of the page.
NSW v Qld No.s 5 & 6
Special colour cover 30 page issues for Aust v Eng 1st & 3rd Test No.s 12 & 17
Grand Final No.25

1947 Vol.28 No.s 1 to 26
Front page ad varies between The Sun and Sporting Life magazine.
Note: that July 12(issue 15) has some copies printed as No. 14 & some as No. 15, July 19(issue 16) was printed as  No. 15 the error was corrected & July 26 was no. 17 therefore there was no issue no.16. The error was corrected when the bound volume was printed and all issues in the volume are correctly numbered.
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11
Grand Final No.26

1948 Vol.29 No.s 1 to 27
NSW v Qld No.s 7 & 8
Special colour cover 24 pages for Aust v NZ 1st Test No.10
Grand Final No.27
 
1949 Vol.30 No.s 1 to 25
Advertising removed from front page and replaced with an action photo from a NSW v Qld game which appears on all issues with exception of Grand Final issue.
NSW v Qld No.s 12 & 13
Issue No.s 14 to 19 are 4 page programmes due to power shortages and lack of available printing facilities.
Special Grand Final issue No.25 with colour cover comprising 24 pages.

1950 Vol.31 No.s 1 to 28
Expanded to 24 pages and cover now features an action photo from a NSW v NZ game and listing of the following weeks matches.
NSW v Qld No.s 9 & 10
Special Aust v GB 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 14 & 20

1951 Vol.32 No.s 1 to 30
Covers feature a selection of 5 or 6 different photos.
NSW v Qld No.s 9 & 10
Special covers for Syd V France No.12, NSW v France No.19
Special Aust v France 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 14 & 20
Grand Final No.30
 
1952 Vol.33 No.s 1 to 30
Pages reduced to 20 covers feature a variety of photos such as action shots, rep teams pen pics of players
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11
Special Aust v NZ 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 14 & 18
Grand Final No.30

1953 Vol.34 No.s 1 to 35
Pages vary between 16 & 24 depending on games being played however most issues are 20 pages.
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11
Special colour covers for Syd v USA No.12 & NSW v USA No.s 13 & 21, issue 13 a special Queens Coronation issues with unique logo.
Issue No.29 covered Reserve & Third Grade Grand Finals and Sydney v Brisbane as the main game.
Summer issues introduced October to March No.s 30 to 35 these generally have photos of the premiership winners in the different grades throughout the summer and were 16 pages.

1954 Vol.35 No.s 1 to 37
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11
Special colour covers for Aust v GB 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 15 & 21
Grand Final No.31
Summer issues No.s 32 to 37

1955 Vol.36 No.s 1 to 38
Introduction of special covers for City v Country No.7
NSW v Qld No.9 & 10 although only the weekend NSW v Qld match has the special cover.
Special covers for Syd v France No.12, NSW v France No.14 & 23
Test Match special Aust v France 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 16 & 24
Grand Final No.33
Summer issues No.34 to 38
Note: that November & December issues were both no. 35 and the numbering was not corrected for following issues.

1956 Vol.37 No.s 1 to 34
Standard issue size reduced to 16 pages although rep match issues either 20 or 24.
Special covers for City v Country No.9, NSW v Qld No.10 & 11, NSW v NZ No.12
Special Test Match issues Aust v NZ 1st & 3rd Tests No,14 & 17
Note: the were 2 issue no. 15's June 16-17 & June 23-24 the error was corrected & June 30-July 1 was no.17 therefore there was no issue no.16.
Grand Final No.28
Summer issues No.s 29 to 34

1957 Vol.38 No.s 1 to 36
Special covers for City v Country No.7, NSW v Qld No.11.
Special World Cup programmes all 24 pages.
GB v France No.12, Aust v GB No.13, Aust v France No.14, GB v NZ No.16, Aust v The Rest No.17
Grand Final No.30
Summer issues No.s 31 to 36

1958 Vol.39 No.s 1 to 33
New logo introduced standard issue size remains at 16 pages.
Special covers for City v Country No.7, NSW v Qld No.8, Syd v GB No.9, NSW v GB No.10
Test match specials Aust v GB 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 11 & 17
Grand Final No.27
Summer issues No.s 28 to 33

1959 Vol.40 No.s 1 to 33
Special covers for City v Country No.10, NSW v Qld No.s 25 & 26, NSW v NZ No.12
Test Match specials Aust v NZ 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 13 & 17
Grand Final No.24
Summer issues No.s 29 to 33
Note: October & November issues were both no.29 and the numbering was not corrected for following issues.

1960 Vol.41 No.s 1 to 31
Special covers for City v Country No.7, NSW v Qld No.s 8 & 9, Syd v France No.10, NSW v France No.11
Test Match specials Aust v France 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 12 & 18
Grand Final No.25
Summer issues No.s 26 to 31

1961 Vol.42 No.s 1 to 31
Logo varied between current & pre 1958 only issue No.1 & 23 carried current logo.
Special covers for City v Country No.9, NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11
Grand Final No.25
Summer issues No.s 26 to 31


Note: Pre-Season competition began in 1962 and the NSWRFL issued small size 8 page programmes for each round of the competition plus Semi's & Final these did not carry the Rugby League News name, 6 programmes were issued these are dated but no issue numbers.

1962 Vol.43 No.s 1 to 33
Complete change of format with new logo, varying colour covers with b&w action photo of recent match and standard issue size increased to 20 pages.
Special issues for City v Country No.7, NSW v Qld No.s 8 & 9, Syd v GB No.10, NSW v GB No.s 11 & 16
Test Match specials Aust v GB 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 12 & 17
Grand Final No.27
Summer issues No.s 28 to 33

Note: Pre-Season competition for 1963 the NSWRFL again issued non-Rugby League News programmes this time full size 16 page programmes, the first round included in March Summer issue(Vol 43 No.33) then 5 additional programmes were issued to cover rounds 2 to 4 and Semi's & Final these are dated but no issue numbers.

1963 Vol.44 No.s 1 to 33
Special issue for City v Country No.7(Note: Some copies of  may be printed as May 4, 5 No.6 not May 11,12 No.7)
NSW v Qld No.s 26 & 27, NSW v NZ No.9, Syd v SA No.18
Test Match specials Aust v NZ 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 11 & 15, Aust v SA 2nd Test No.20
Grand Final No.25
Summer issues No.s 29 to 33 only Oct to Feb 1964 due to inclusion of Pre-Season comp into Rugby League News in the 1964 season.

1964 Vol.45 No.s 1 to 37
Pre-Season competition now included and covers the first 6 issues.
Note: issue No.6 has no date or issue no. printed should be dated March 29
Special issues for City v Country No.13, Syd v France No.14, NSW v Qld No.s 15 & 16, NSW v France No.17
Test Match specials Aust v France 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 18 & 23
Grand Final No.32
Summer issues No.s 33 to 37

1965 Vol.46 No.s 1 to 36
Special issues City v Country No.13, NSW v Qld No.s 14 & 15
Note: there were 2 issue No.7's April 3-4 & April 10-11, the error was not corrected until issue No.10 there was a No.8 April 24-26 but no issue No.9. Also there were 2 issue No.27's August 21-22 & August 28-29 the error was corrected on issue No.29 Sept 4-5 there was no issue No.28.
Grand Final No.31
Summer issues No.s 32 to 36

1966 Vol.47 No.s 1 to 41
Special issues City v Country No.16, NSW v Qld No.s 18 & 19, Syd v GB No.17, NSW v GB No.20
Test Match Specials Aust v GB 1st & 3rd Tests No.22 & 27
Grand Final No.36
Summer issues No.37 to 41

1967 Vol.48 No.s 1 to 41
Standard issue size increased to 24 pages
Special issues City v Country No.13 & 36, NSW v Qld No.16 & 18, NSW v NZ No.20
Test Match specials Aust v NZ 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 22 & 27
Grand Final No.38
Change in numbering for summer issues Jan 1968 issue now becomes Vol.49 No.1.
Summer issues No.s 39 to 41 Oct to Dec

1968 Vol.49 No.s 1 to 42
Summer issues No.s 1 & 2 Jan & Feb
Special issues City v Country No.16, NSW v Qld No.18
Special World Cup issues Aust v GB No.20, GB v NZ No.24, Aust v France No.24
Note: there were 2 issue No. 24's, GB v NZ June 8 should have been No.23 but was called No.24 therefore there was no issue No.23.
Grand Final No.39
Summer issues No.s 40 to 42

1969 Vol.50 No.s 1 to 40
Summer issues 1 & 2
Special issues City v Country No.15, NSW v Qld No.s 23 & 24
Note: 2nd Interstate match was played in Newcastle on June 28 with special programme No.24, issue No.25 also dated June 28 for matches played in Sydney on that day.
Grand Final No.37 First Special Grand Final cover since 1949
Summer issues 38 to 40

1970 Vol.51 No.s 1 to 47
Summer issues 1 & 2
Special issues City v Country No.17, NSW v Qld No.33 & 35, NSW v GB No.22
Test Match specials Aust v GB 2nd & 3rd Tests No.s 24 & 27
Note 2nd Interstate match was played in Newcastle on August 8 with special programme No.35, issue No.34 also dated August 8 for matches played in Sydney on that day.
Special 8 page un-numbered programme for Sydney Colts v GB June 23 issued.
Programmes issued for Endeavour Cup competition played during the Semi-Finals Aug 30 No.39, Sept 6 No.41 and World Cup Selection Trial Sept 13 No.43, Semi-Final programmes No.s 38, 40 & 42 have the same dates as these.
Grand Final No.44
Also special programme No.45 issued for Second Division Grand Final.
Summer issues No.s 44, 46 & 47.
Note: Summer issue numbering all wrong should be No. 46(Oct), 47(Nov), 48(Dec) but Oct is No.44 which was the same as the Grand Final issue they tried to fix it but forgot the Second Div Grand Final was No.45 so Nov should have been given No.47.

1971 Vol.52 No.s 1 to 40
Summer issues 1 & 2
Special issues City v Country No.17, NSW v Qld No.28
Grand Final No.36
Special programme for Second Division Grand Final No.37
Summer issues No.37 to 40
Note: Oct issue No.37 should have been No.38 the error was corrected and Nov was No.39 therefore there was 2 issue No.37's and no No.38.

1972 Vol.53 No.s 1 to 40
Summer issues 1 & 2
Special City v Country No.18, NSW Colts v Qld No.37(Played after Grand Final as a World Cup selection trial)
Test Match specials Aust v NZ 1st test No.26
Grand Final No.36 Special Cover
Summer issues 38 to 40

1973 Vol.54 No.s 1 to 39
Summer issues 1 & 2 last summer issues. 
Note: Issue no.1 January wrongly printed as Vol. 23 No. 41 should be Vol. 54 No. 1
Front page given an updated look from issue 9(Rnd 1) background now single colour not varying shades.
Special City v Country No.18, NSW v Qld No.30 although no special cover.
Special 4 page programme for Semi Final replay No.36
Grand Final issue No.38 special larger format issued as a preview to the new Big League programme coming in 1974.
Special programme for Second Division Grand Final No.39
Summer issues discontinued

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